Caring for the Uninsured in Your Community: Collaborating to Address the Crisis

This presentation will provide a unique look at the uninsured crisis in America by presenting an overview of the problem, the best practices on how to serve the uninsured patient in need of care today, and then provide various opportunities for nurse practitioners to provide badly needed medical care to the uninsured in their communities.

Credits: 1.00 contact hours; 0.00 are pharmacology
Release Date: March 1, 2021


As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Define the Safety-Net Clinic Model.
  2. List 5 key community partners in caring for the uninsured.
  3. Identify a specific role that a Nurse Practitioner might have in assisting their community in caring for those in need - starting today.

Lee D. Jacobs, MD

Medical Director

Bethesda Community Clinic

Dr. Lee Jacobs graduated from the University of Vermont in 1973 and completed a medical residency and infectious disease fellowship by 1980 at UMASS in Worcester, Mass.  In between the training programs he was a USAF flight surgeon 1975 through 1977. 

In 1980 Dr. Jacobs moved to Hawaii to join the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente). He left Hawaii in 1985 to become one of the founding physicians of The Southeast Permanente Medical Group in Atlanta in 1985.

Since 2008 he has been an Associate Medical Director with Vanter Cruise Health Services who contract with Disney and Crystal cruise lines.

Since 2013, he has been the Medical Director of Bethesda Community Clinic, a non-profit safety-net clinic for the uninsured. In 2015 Dr. Jacobs founded Bethesda Referral & Teaching Hospital, a non-profit Christian organization founded to construct a child and maternal hospital in Haiti.

He is the co-author of Going Prepared, a book on preparing individuals, churches and organizations for overseas mission experiences.

He lives in Acworth, Georgia, is married to Deb Jacobs and has three children and two granddaughters.


Obtain Your Credits

To earn credits for this activity, you must complete all course components in the following order: 1) complete a three-question pre-test; 2) watch the course presentation video; 3) complete the course evaluation; 4) pass the post-test with a score of 2/3 (66.7%) or higher. You may retake the post-test until a passing score is achieved, at which point you will be able to view/print a copy of your certificate of completion. This online certificate will also be saved within your profile dashboard transcript for future access.

Designation Statement

NPACE designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.00 contact hours, of which 0.00 is pharmacology credit. Participants should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement

Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

In addition to ANCC, NPACE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP8720 and Florida CE Broker #50-1476.



Contributing faculty, Lee Jacobs MD, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 


All planners and contributors involved in this educational activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 


The material presented in this continuing education program is being made available for educational purposes only and is not intended to represent the best or only methods, medications and/or guidelines appropriate for the medical situation discussed. Rather the material is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the presenter(s), which may be helpful, or of interest to other practitioners and should not be used by clinicians without the evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. NPACE disclaims any liability, loss, injury, or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any information given in a presentation.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may mention the uses of products that are not approved by the FDA for the indication(s) being discussed. The presenter(s) are instructed to notify participants when they are discussing unapproved uses or investigational agents. The opinions related to unapproved uses of products are solely those of the presenter(s) and are not endorsed or recommended by NPACE. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.


3 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/3 points to pass This pre-test is a non-graded assessment tool we use to establish a baseline and determine a participant's pre-existing knowledge.
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Course Evaluation
15 Questions
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  2/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  2/3 points to pass
1.00 Contact Hours credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 Contact Hours credit  |  Certificate available